A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Luding County in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Monday.
According to Chinese state media, at least 7 people died in the earthquake.
The earthquake occurred at 12.25 pm local time.
Beijing, A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Luding County in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Monday. According to Chinese state media, at least 7 people died in the earthquake. China’s official news agency ‘Xinhua’ quoted the China Earthquake Network Center as saying that the quake occurred at 12.25 pm local time and the epicenter of the quake was located at a depth of 16 kilometers from the ground at 29.59 degrees north latitude and 102.08 degrees east longitude. was.
The epicenter of the quake was located 39 km from Luding County and several villages were within a five-kilometre radius of the epicenter. Tremors were also felt in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, which is located 226 km from the epicenter. Buildings can be seen shaking in Chengdu in photos and videos posted on Chinese social media. Sichuan province is located in the neighborhood of Tibet and is vulnerable to earthquakes. The province was hit by a devastating earthquake in 2008, in which about 90,000 people died.
A 6.6-magnitude earthquake that struck southwest China on Monday shook buildings in the Chengdu megacity. Where lakhs of residents have been confined to their homes due to the Kovid-19 lockdown. Tremors of the earthquake were also felt in the megacity Chongqing. A Chongqing resident said the quake was strong and shook the furniture in his fifth-floor apartment.
China’s state-run TV CGTN reported that more than 500 rescue workers had been sent to the epicenter of the quake. A small 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Tibet less than an hour after the initial quake. Earthquakes are quite common in China, especially in the seismically active south-west part of the country.
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 05, 2022, 15:12 IST